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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

April 17, 2015 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Grainger dominates this week's Top 5 with a sluggish quarterly financial report and news of potential expansion, while fellow Big 50 list companies Fastenal, MSC Industrial, and ERIKS-owned Lewis-Goetz were each big items as well.

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SKF Names New CFO As Q1 Sales Jump, Profit Falls

April 17, 2015 1:15 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Swedish bearing manufacturer had a sales increase in all three of its business areas, while Christian Johansson takes over an executive role.


Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The policy, known as Trade Promotion Authority, allows Congress to establish priorities for trade talks but prevents lawmakers from altering agreed-upon deals when they come up for approval votes.


Chemical, Abrasion Resistant Plastic Nameplates

April 17, 2015 10:14 am | by Nameplates For Industry | Product Releases | Comments

More durable and visible than metal nameplates, NFi Plastic Nameplates can incorporate full-color and metallic inks, photographs, sealed windows with serial numbers, date codes, and other details.


Changing The Customer Conversation To Total Cost

April 17, 2015 9:15 am | by Paul Reilly, Reilly Sales Training | Articles | Comments

For salespeople to convince the cynics, they need to get past price. Getting past price means changing the conversation to total cost.


Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 16, 2015 3:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Recent reports, however, suggested the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.


Verizon Releases 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report

April 16, 2015 1:07 pm | by Verizon | News | Comments

According to this year’s report, the bulk of the cyberattacks (70 percent) use a combination of both sophisticated and old techniques and involve a secondary victim, adding complexity to a breach.


Global Power Technologies Signs Distribution Deal With Digi-Key

April 16, 2015 12:50 pm | by Digi-Key Electronics | News | Comments

As part of the agreement, GPTG’s product line of silicon carbide semiconductors will be extended to Digi-Key’s global customer base of 550,000 design engineers.


How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 16, 2015 12:41 pm | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

When managers don't fill up a maintenance supervisor's day with paperwork, they are at their most effective. Here's maintenance supervisors can best serve a company by being active in several roles.


Wearables Gaining Popularity In Business

April 16, 2015 12:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Along with industrial warehouses already testing and implementing smart glasses, other wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness bands are making their way into plant floors as well.


Manufacturing Groups Call For Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 16, 2015 12:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers and the MAPI Foundation argue that exempting their companies' foreign earnings from corporate taxes would allow corporations to return them to U.S. shores.


Grainger Cuts Outlook After Q1 Profit Decrease

April 16, 2015 11:10 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Along with a disappointing quarterly earnings report, Grainger announced plans to extensively hire more sales reps and buy back $1 billion of stock in 2015.


WestAir Names New CFO

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Tim Van Linge takes over the leadership position for the U.S. southwest independent distributor of industrial gases and equipment.


Horizon Solutions Announces Leadership Change

April 16, 2015 10:07 am | by Horizon Solutions | News | Comments

The CEO/president transition represents next step in the execution of Horizon’s long-term strategic plan, with internal promotions setting the stage for streamlined growth. 


Ansell New HyFlex Gloves Feature INTERCEPT Technology

April 16, 2015 9:44 am | by Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The company is expanding its cut protection portfolio with a suite of new HyFlex gloves featuring INTERCEPT Cut Resistance Technology.


Industrial Production In March Posts Biggest Drop Since 2009

April 15, 2015 4:21 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

For the first three months of the year, industrial output fell at an annual rate of 1 percent, the worst quarterly performance since the first quarter of 2009 during the Great Recession.


Amazon Extends Ambitions To $6 Billion Online Auto Parts Market

April 15, 2015 11:01 am | by 360pi | News | Comments

Price and product intelligence provider 360pi's analysis of more than 30,000 Amazon auto parts reveal the e-tailer's price-matching strategy to reinforce market leadership.


Weiler Donates $10,000 To New Orleans Habitat For Humanity

April 15, 2015 9:54 am | by Weiler Corporation | News | Comments

Weiler also gave an additional $4,500 in products to help with the build, and sent 51 workers to New Orleans to participate in February.


PTDA Welcomes Three New Distributor Members

April 15, 2015 9:37 am | by PTDA | News | Comments

Two industrial distributors from Texas and one from New Zealand join the fold of the Power Transmission Distributors Association.


Delta Tau New Laser Galvanometer

April 15, 2015 9:29 am | by Delta Tua | Product Releases | Comments

The new galvanometer allows a single motion controller running a unified program to take over every aspect of a laser scanning process.


Jack Keough: MSC Industrial, Distributors Streamlining The Supply Chain

April 15, 2015 8:04 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

As consolidation continues to increase, what MSC CEO Erik Gershwind said in the company's post-financial earnings conference call should give pause to other industrial distributors as to the importance of streamlining their supply chain efforts.



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